Lazarus wins Tribeca award in US

Musician Lazarus Chigwandali is one of the recipients of this year’s Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards (TDIA) which are part of the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, United States. The award follows the successful screening of Lazarus’ documentary at the festival, according to producer Johan Hugo. “He has been recognised with a personal Disruptive Award…

Ma Blacks steal show at SA festival

The inaugural Africa Music Connect Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa, promised fun while talking against xenophobic attacks in that country. Come Saturday, it was a melting pot for southern African nationalities, with mostly Malawians, Zimbabweans, Motswana and South Africans converging at Randgate in Randfontein. Top on the menu were performances from South Africa’s award-winning rapper…

Building a brand in special effects make-up

Raziah Akimu is making a name in a field that is not popular in Malawi; special effects make-up (SFX). Her talent is associated with film production, where make-up artists create scenes that depict anything from blood to zombies or aliens. In this conversation with our reporter YVONNIE SUNDU (YS), Akimu (RA) talks of her journey…

Chigwandali’s US moments

Musician Lazarus Chigwandali who is on a tour in New York, United States to promote his documentary had a rare opportunity to perform for American actor and film producer Leonardo DiCaprio. After the world premiere of the documentary, which chronicles Chigwandali’s life as a musician and a person with albinism, the artist was invited to…

Playing with make-up for special effects

When people talk of special effects and prosthetics make-up artistry in Africa, the name Hakeem Onologbo, better known as Hakeem Effects, mostly comes to mind. Hakeem is an award-winning special effects (SFX) make-up artist working in Nollywood. He creates zombies, blood and gore for the multi-billion-dollar Nigerian film industry, which produces thousands of films every…

China beckons Malawi to new initiative

The Chinese government will soon engage Malawi on joining the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) a mechanism aimed at fostering development around the world. Chinese Ambassador Liu Hongyang said at press briefing in Lilongwe that the two countries will sign a memorandum of understating (MoU) as part of the initiative. “To do any project, we…

MaBlacks off to SA festival

Reggae outfit Black Missionaries will represent Malawi at the inaugural Africa Connect Music Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa, from May 4 to 5. To be graced by at least 30 acts from southern Africa, Black Missionaries will headline the show with the likes of South African award-winning rapper AKA who performed on Sunday at the…

Govt rolls out malaria vaccine

Malawi has rolled out a malaria vaccine that will see about 120 000 children getting doses in a period of four years. National Malaria Control Programme deputy director Dr. Michael Kayange said in an interview the pilot phase of the vaccine, which started yesterday,   will be done in 11 districts of Lilongwe, Ntchisi, Mchinji, Balaka,…

Davis’s song hits SA limelight

Acoustic musician Davis Njobvu’s song has been featured in a South African play which is set to tour provinces in the rainbow nation starting this coming Easter weekend. The play, You are an Eagle by The Calling/Ubizo Production and set to be performed to school children, has incorporated Zoona, one of the songs in Njobvu’s…

Menes grabs international award

Multilingual poet and founder of the Tumaini Festival hosted at Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa, Menes La Plume, has won the inaugural Social Inclusion Heroes (SIH) Competition for sub-Saharan Africa. The competition, run by the World Bank’s Africa Region and its Social Development Unit, aimed at identifying positive role models for African youth. La Plume,…

Film body to host Nigerian actors’ leader

The Film Association of Malawi (Fama) will host Actors Guild of Nigeria president Ejezie Emeka Rollas in a bid to create more opportunities for Malawi’s fledgling industry. Fama president Ezaius Mkandawire said Rollas will in the course of his visit to Lilongwe from April 15 to 17 discuss with Malawian filmmakers the possibilities of co-productions.…

Young actor living his dream

A month ago, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, a film adapted from the true-life story of Malawian William Kamkwamba caused sensation when it was premiered globally. The main reactions are not about the movie being Malawi’s first hit on Netflix, but rather an inspiring tale of Kamkwamba who, at the age of 13, self-taught…

US Ambassador treats women to fun

When United States Ambassador Virginia Palmer organised an event for ‘fabulous women’ on Tuesday evening, her home turned into a classy and sassy party zone with women from all walks of life enjoying an unwinding session. The event attracted women in the fields of information technology (IT), media, politics, health, education and chiefs, among others.…

Young actor relishes kamkwamba’s role

Not long ago, Maxwell Simba was an ordinary Kenyan boy in high school. However, in 2017, his love for acting saw him edging hordes of other hopefuls to land a life changing role in Malawi to play William Kamkwamba in a Hollywood movie The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. Earlier this year, the film’s director,…

Sauti Sol arrives in Malawi

Kenyan Afro pop band, Sauti Sol has arrived in the country ahead of the official launch of Castel Beer. Dubbed the African Print Party, the launch will take place on Friday at Sunbird Capital Hotel in Lilongwe. Speaking at a press conference upon arrival, the music group said Malawians should expect more than the two…

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind in college tour

A month after The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind movie graced the screens across the globe, students from five universities and colleges in the country now have a chance to watch the Hollywood Malawian-adapted film. Kelvin Ngoma, one of the local actors featured in the film and organiser of the screenings, said the film will…

From Mtandire to the world

Whosoever coined the adage fortune favours the brave had Malawi’s Madalitso Band in mind. The duet, comprising friends Yobu Malingwa and Yosefe Kalekeni, was unknown until 2017 when they openly asked the public to finance their longtime dream of performing outside Malawi. As luck would have it, the band was invited to perform at one…

Pakhonde Ethno Music Camp returns

Music Crossroads Malawi will hold the Pakhonde Ethno Music Camp from April 30 to May 4, 2019 at Chingalire Cultural Centre in Lilongwe The idea to establish the Pakhonde Ethno Music Camp was hatched as a means of preserving the art of playing ethno music instruments which has been on decline. One of the brains…